Bruce Wallace of Bancyfelin, Papers

Scope and Content

'The Girls' Nautical Training Corps. A Short History of the GNTC and of the Penarth Unit' by Bruce Wallace, 2010. Correspondence relating to prisoners of war, 1918-1919. Records of returning prisoners of war, 1919.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Girls' Nautical Training Corps was created at the end of world War II to train girls aged 14-18 in skills associated with the navy. Its first Welsh Unit was opened at Penarth in 1946 and in 1960 transferred as one organisation to the Sea Cadets. Bruce Wallace's mother Audrey Macey was a member of the Penarth unit.

In 1919, the Lord Mayor of Cardiff compiled records of local returning prisoners of war, including their name, rank, dates and location of internment. On 26 February 1919, he held a luncheon at City Hall for those who had returned. Bruce Wallace became interested in the repatriation of local prisoners of war after spotting his grandfather's name in the menu for The Penarth Repatriated POWs Welcome Home Dinner, which was held in the Queen Restaurant, 1 Royal Buildings, Windsor Road, Penarth, on 11 March 1919. He organised a centenary celebration for the descendants of the prisoners, which was held at Penarth Conservative Club on 9 March 2019.


Order at time of deposit retained.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mr Wallace, 2010 and 2019.

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at Glamorgan Archives.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Michael Wilcox. Updated by Laura Cunningham with reference to

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

The records remained in the custody of the depositor until transferred to Glamorgan Archives.


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